Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country.
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- Individual actions:
- Gear up for May Day — May 1 is almost here! Resist attacks on immigrants, workers, womxn, and people of color wherever you are! Find local events and actions all over the U.S., plus lots of useful information, resources and posters here.
- Join Indivisible and the National Immigration Law Center to discuss the May 1 Rise Up marches in support of immigrant families. Find the event on Facebook Live Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. Pacific, when immigration experts will be on hand to answer your questions about deportation efforts, sanctuary cities, and how you can support immigrants. RSVP to get a reminder and other streaming options now. Submit all of your questions here or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sign this petition demanding Arkansas halt its assembly line of executions. According to the ACLU, no other state has attempted four double executions in 10 days since the modern death penalty was established in 1976.
- Connect theory with action through Harvard’s free Resistance School
- Californians: Host a postcard-signing party to encourage state legislators to resist attacks on immigrants’ rights and address bail reform. More info from the ACLU here.
- Attend or sponsor Immigrant Day 2017 in Sacramento on Monday 5/15 with the California Immigrant Policy Center.
- Defend transgender health rights! Support the ACLU and the law firm Covington and Burling LLP in their lawsuit against Dignity Health. Retweet here.
- Resist 45’s budget and threats of government shutdown. Call your three members of Congress (find them here). Sample script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP/town], calling about Trump’s budget. I want my tax dollars to fund [fill in programs you support], not a multibillion dollar wall and $30 billion in new military spending. What is [NAME] planning to do about his budget ideas?
- Oppose the new version of Trumpcare – it’s as bad as the last one! Call Your three members of Congress (find them here). Sample script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP/town] and want to convey my complete support for universal health coverage for all Americans. The new MacArthur Amendment is the opposite of medical coverage. Will [NAME] oppose it — and all efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act?
- Political & Social Justice Events in the Bay Area:
- Rally and march in San Francisco to prevent affordable housing cuts on Thursday 4/27 at 12 p.m.
- Attend this critical conversation on digital threats facing communities of color, “Enemies of the State: Dinner, Dancing, and Digital Resistance,” on Thursday 4/27 at 7 p.m.
- Check out “Reparations for a Moral Economy” on Friday 4/28 at 6:30 p.m. in Oakland
- Learn about Russian LGBTQ activist work at “Resistance in Times of Dictatorship” on Friday 4/28 at 7 p.m. in Oakland
- Fight for justice and jobs, peace and the planet: Join Rep. Barbara Lee, comedian Marga Gomez, and countless community members with the People’s Climate Movement Bay Area at Lake Merritt on Saturday 4/29.
- Join the May Day Non-Retaliation Rapid Response Team training at Lake Merritt on Saturday 4/29 at 1 p.m.
- Print and make shirts, signs, and posters for May Day on Saturday 4/29 at 1 p.m.
- Brunch with Indivisible East Bay at the April Member Meeting on Sunday 4/30 at 9:30 a.m.
- Strategize with Shaun King at “How to Make Change” in San Francisco on Sunday 4/30 at 12:30 p.m.
- Gather with San Francisco educators, workers, immigrants, and other activists for May Day in SF on Monday 5/1 at 11 a.m.
- Connect young activists and little ones in Oakland with fun, educational activities all day on May Day on Monday 5/1.
- Learn more about “Displacement and Gentrification: How did we get here and how do we stop it?” in Oakland on Thursday 5/4 at 6:45 p.m. Thanks to Causta Justa, SURJ, and Sierra Club for this workshop.
- Bay Area Arts Events:
- Uplift marginalized identities through spoken word at the Root Slam Team Finals on Friday 4/28 at 7 p.m.
- Celebrate Oakhella’s One Year Anniversary on Sunday 4/30 at 1 p.m. Featuring Chinaka Hodge, DJ Kream, Creative Shields, and many more.
- Soak up music, dance, and food at “Sights and Sounds of East Oakland” on Sunday 4/30 at 1:30 p.m.
- Uplift ancestral legacies at “On Their Shoulders We Stand: An Homage to Our Literary Ancestors,” on Sunday 4/30 at 7 p.m.
- Explore oral history as an anti-displacement tool with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project on Tuesday 5/4 at 6 p.m.
- Delve into Yuri Kochiyama’s legacy through “Shifting Movements,” a multimedia exhibition from over 40 artists of color celebrating her intersectional activism, open from 5/4-5/25. Opening reception on Thursday 5/4 at 6 p.m. Hosted by the API Cultural Center in San Francisco and the Asian American Women Artists Association.
WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR:
- Tens of Thousands March Worldwide to Defend Science:
- On Earth Day (Saturday 4/22), tens of thousands marched in over 610 cities globally to resist attacks on science and scientifically-based climate change policies, in specific defiance of 45’s proposed budget which cuts $5.8 billion in NIH funding alone. Check out an overview, some noteworthy signs. But also check out this critique of how science has sometimes aided bigotry.
- Beyoncé Unveils Formation Scholarships for Bold, Creative Young Womxn:
- On the one-year anniversary of “Lemonade,” Beyoncé announced four college scholarships for young womxn who are “bold, creative, conscious, and confident.” These scholarships fund students in creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies. The four participating institutions are: Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.
- City of New Orleans Begins Dismantling Confederate Monuments:
- On Monday 4/24 NPR reported, “After years of legal wrangling and intimidation, New Orleans has begun the process of dismantling four monuments of the Confederate and Jim Crow eras.” Statues will be temporarily moved to storage, then likely relocated to a museum
- 700 Muslims Gather in Sacramento for 6th Annual Muslim Day:
- Intro Materials:
- Learn how insistence on being “color-blind” invalidates, undermines, and obstructs lived experiences and equitable solutions for communities of color. Deep thanks to Nonprofit with Balls’ Vu Le for this article.
- Unpack colorism and proximity to whiteness in AAPI communities through this quick piece from Harvard Kennedy School’s Asian American Policy Review.
- Tools & Toolkits:
- Check out these free storytelling toolkits designed to amplify critical advocacy work. Thanks to Race Forward and Culture Lab for their work developing these tools.
- Build on those concrete skills with storytelling lessons from Pixar and Khan Academy.
- Check out Rise Up, a website highlighting the necessity of immigrants and listing pro-immigrant actions and events near you.
- Speak up for immigrants using this Immigrant Ally Toolkit, developed by Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Local Progress, Reform Immigration for America, Indivisible, National Immigration Law Center, and United We Dream.
- Print and color these coloring pages featuring empowering womxn from FLOTUS Michelle Obama to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
FINALLY, SOMETHING TO WARM YOUR HEART:
- 16-year-old Muslim Minnesotan Amaiya Zafar wins a USA Boxing exemption to compete in her hijab with covered arms and legs. With her eye on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Zafar still needs to convince the international boxing organization, the AIBA, to grant a similar exemption, but this fearless teen is shattering barriers in the world of boxing.
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